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GMOs don’t increase crop yield – Bassey

HOMEF CSOs Dialogue

Claims that genetically modifies organisms (GMOs) will be the main way to feed the world is mere propaganda. Participants at the Dialogue This was the submission by Nnimmo Bassey, Director of the Health of Mother Health Foundation (HOMEF), during a forum on July 25, 2019 in Benin City, Edo State. At a Dialogue on Food and Farming System in Nigeria ...

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UNDP pledges support for farmers to sustain food security in Nigeria


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 promised to support farmers to sustain food security in Nigeria to end hunger. Rice farming Mrs Udumma Nwokike, the Environment, Energy and Climate Change of UNDP, said this at a training organised for extension workers in Abuja. The training was organised by UNDP – Global Environmental Facility (GEF) in ...

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Biosafety agency, Police reinforce collaboration

NBMA and Police

The Director General/CEO, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr. Rufus Ebegba, on Thursday, July 18, 2019 paid a courtesy visit to the new Commissioner of Police, FCT Command, Bala Ciroma, to strengthen the collaboration between both organisations. L-R: Director General/CEO, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr. Rufus Ebegba; and Commissioner of Police, FCT Command, Bala Ciroma Speaking during the meeting, ...

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Why Nigeria must harness its indigenous bioresources, by NABDA

Prof. Felix Akpa

Director-General of the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Prof. Alex Akpa, says Nigeria needs to start harnessing its indigenous bioresources for economic sustainability and development. Prof. Felix Akpa He spoke at the “South-West Stakeholders Dialogue on the Nigerian Microbial Resources Heritage” on Thursday, July 18, 2019 in Ile-Ife, Osun State. Akpa said bioresources were the bedrock of biotechnology which must ...

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Cassava most consumed food crop in Africa, says IITA

Dr Adebayo Abass

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) says cassava remains one of the most consumed food crops in Africa and that the potential market for cassava product is huge. Dr Adebayo Abass, Cassava Compact Leader, IITA Dr Adebayo Abass, the Cassava Compact Leader, IITA, said this at the Cassava Investment Forum on Thursday, July 18, 2019 in Abuja. He said ...

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Kenya to invest in climate-smart farming in arid lands

Hamadi Boga

Kenya will channel investments towards climate-resilient farming in arid and semi-arid lands in order to achieve food security, an official said on Thursday, July 18, 2019. Hamadi Boga Hamadi Boga, principal secretary for agricultural research at Kenya’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation, said this at a forum on promoting the contribution of arid lands to Kenya’s development blueprint ...

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AfDB, FUNAAB, IITA convene Nigeria’s first Cassava Investment Forum


A new initiative by the African Development Bank (AfDB) appears to be unleashing the potential and power of cassava across the African continent, creating wealth and improving the livelihoods of farmers, and taking cassava to a new frontier. Cassava farming The initiative, known as Technologies for African Agriculture Transformation (TAAT), is part of the bank’s Feed Africa strategy that is ...

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Campaigners label IUCN’s genetic engineering report ‘one-sided’

Genetic Engineering

A sizeable team of civil society organisations has put the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to task, saying the body’s recent report on genetic engineering failed the objectivity test. Genetic engineering Genetic engineering is regarded as the direct manipulation of an organism’s genes using biotechnology. The IUCN on May 9, 2019 published the Genetic Frontiers for Conservation report on ...

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Don clamours ‘Agripreneurship’ for sustainable agric education, practice

Association of Deans of Agriculture in Nigerian Universities (ADAN)

Vice Chancellor, Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu Alike (AE-FUNAI), Ebonyi State, Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba, has canvassed adjustment of the course content of agriculture related courses in Nigerian universities to meet the needs of present times and be in line with global standard. ADAssociation of Deans of Agriculture in Nigerian Universities (ADAN) Excos and VC representative, Prof. Dr. Johnny Ogunji (fifth ...

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Montreal Protocol: NAFDAC bans use of methyl bromide as fumigant

Methyl Bromide

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it has banned the use of methyl bromide as fumigant in Nigeria. Methyl Bromide The agency announced this in a statement signed on behalf of the Director General, Mrs Mojisola Adeyeye, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday, July 5, 2019 in Abuja. ...

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